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Legends enter the Hall of Fame

26th November 2018

The 1998 Scottish Cup winning team were among the club legends inducted into the Heart of Midlothian Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

A sold out Gorgie Suite welcomed Hearts heroes from the distant and not so distant past for a night of nostalgia at Tynecastle Park, sponsored by Hardies Property and Construction Consultants. 

Walter Kidd joined host Peter Martin on stage as the former Hearts Captain became the first inductee of the night. With 462 competitive appearances to his name, 'Zico' received a hero's welcome from the capacity crowd. 

Walter KiddWalter Kidd

Next up was another club stalwart in the shape of Alan Anderson. A key defensive figures during the 1960s, Alan amassed an impressive 475 appearances for the boys in maroon - scoring 31 goals.

Alan AndersonAlan Anderson (middle)

Jock White was next to etch his name into the Hall of Fame. Described by Club Historian David Speed as being "the Rudi Skacel of his day", Jock scored an incredible 183 goals in 312 competitive appearances during the 1920s. Hearts legend John Robertson described him as one of Hearts finest ever strikers and the club was honoured to welcome his grandson on to the stage to accept the award on the late Jock's behalf.

John Robertson, John Willis (Jock White's grandson) and Club Historian David Speed

Speaker Eric Milligan took to the stage to share his Hearts memories before the Wallace Mercer Special Recognition Award was given to the late Pilmar Smith, who sadly passed away last week. Craig Levein accepted the award on his behalf and spoke warmly of somoeone whom he described as a very close friend. 

Iain Mercer, Ann Mercer & Craig Levein

Drew Busby then became the fourth inductee of the night. The man who scored 84 goals in 256 competitive Hearts apperances received a rapturous ovation from the crowd and spoke fondly of his time at the club. 

Finally, the stage was set for the 1998 Scottish Cup team. The likes of Thomas Flogel, Gary Locke, Neil McCann, Colin Cameron and Dave McPherson were all in attendance, as were the management due of Jim Jefferies and Billy Brown. 'When the Hearts went on to win the Scottish Cup, we were there' ran out around the Gorgie Suite as the night drew to a close in spectacular fashion. 

The Team of '98